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Diagrams that Changed City Planning

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From now until February 15, SPUR in San Francisco is holding a rather interesting exhibition on the charts, diagrams, and visualizations that have changed the face of urban planning. From Ebenezer Howard's drawings of a garden city to an alarming graph showing our planet's rising temperature, Grand Reductions: Ten Diagrams That Changed City Planning takes a look at the images that have shaped our urban landscape. Equal parts art, design, and inspiring calls to action, the diagrams on view each offer a vision not just of where our thinking about cities has been, but how we might continue to mold them in the future. To read more, check out Benjamin Grant's fascinating essay on the subject in SPUR's publication the Urbanist.

This diagram comes from Ebenezer Howard's 1902 book Garden Cities of Tomorrow and suggests nodes of activity with ample...
Le Corbusier also favored significant green space in cities, though his highly rationalist vision, articulated in this...
According to Grant's essay, "The Public Land Survey System (1785) divided U.S.
This 1811 Commissioner's Plan for Manhattan sought to regularize the colliding grids that had formed south of Houston...
Jean Gottman's 1961 book Megalopolis argued that the Eastern seaboard could be seen as one massive interconnected urban...
"Valley Section" by Patrick Geddes from 1909 offers a vision of not how a city might be laid out, but of what kind of...
Here's Grant again: "Like many early planning codes, New York City’s 1916 Zoning Resolution established Euclidean...
Theorist Guy Debord’s 1957 Guide Psychogeographique de Paris offers a wholly other vision of the city, a highly...
Dubbed the "Hockey Stick," Michael Mann's diagram shows the Earth's mounting temperature over the years.
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